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I have a 20 long, some eco-complete, Flora Max, a hood with a light, and a HOB filter. Should I use sponge filters instead.
Would sand be better.
Any recommendations on low tech plants.

I'm hoping to do this some time in January when my cash flow increases.
 

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Java or Xmas moss.. java fern are low tech anubias. You could put a prefilter sponge on your hob. Shrimp don't really care about substrate. Just don't overfeed.buy 10 or so cherries a nd a month later you'll have a bunch..
 

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take a look at the first post in this thread:
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/showthread.php?t=176557

sponge filters can be driven by a canister, HOB or an airstone.

just keep parameters stable.


This is a very successful shrimptank of mine, low light and a bunch of plants.



I even planted the HOB:


now is housing CRS,CBS, YELLOW NEOS, OEBTs.... looks more populated than in the pictures.

plants are blyxa, rotalas, hygro pinatiffida, anubias, etc...
Substrate is akadama DRL
Filters is an HOB and an eheim 2213 driving a DIY UGF
yamaya rocks
NO heater.

TDS 350
PH 7.5
KH dunno but i guess high, I use crushed coral
GH 14
dry ferts
non co2
 

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You can use a nylon stocking as well for the filter intake. That's what I use (black one), and the shrimp hang out on there all the time eating away. And moss is a MUST for shrimp tanks. Cholla wood is awesome too.
 

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Shloken38, I see you use the stocking on the filter too. How long does it last? doesn't it fall appart after awhile?

Also a side note - my CRS seem to eat more from the driftwood than my moss. i wish they would clean up that moss, darn it!
 

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The stockings have been on my 2 filters in that tank for at least 6 months so far. They are still in perfect shape. I use black......they blend in perfect. The shrimp are always munching off them too.

You might not have biofilm on your moss. I'm not sure how much algae each type of shrimp eats. I know my red cherries hang out in the moss all the time.
 
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